Cancel the North Carolina Azalea Festival April 1-5 2020 due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Cancel the North Carolina Azalea Festival April 1-5 2020 due to COVID-19 Outbreak

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Alison Sleath started this petition to North Carolina Azalea Festival Board of Directors; and

We have over 300 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States, and this number is expected to increase.  Large personnel gathering at an event can be extremely dangerous, especially when participants travel from all around the US and the world in order to attend the event.

As residents of Wilmington, North Carolina, we have every right to be concerned about the influx of approximately 300,000 residents from outside our area, state, and country to attend the North Carolina Azalea Festival 2020. We have every right to be alerted, to be informed, and to take every precaution the festival is capable of offering to protect ourselves. Participant are from all over the states and the world. According to WHO, COVID-19 can transmit from person to person through droplets (coughing, sneezing, talking, etc.) and surfaces touched by confirmed patients or asymptomatic carriers, which basically means that none of us would know if we have been exposed to the virus or not since people without symptoms can also pass on the virus. Thus, we encourage you to think rationally and do some calculations for yourself about how many people you randomly encounter on a daily basis, and whether you are certain that you won't ever become a victim of this global crisis.

Though statistics shows the COVID-19 only has a 2% death rate and 80% of the general public would fully recover from it, we also want to point out: there is also 15% that a confirmed patient would develop serious conditions that could lead to immune system failures and death. In addition, COVID-19 is NOT A FLU despite it can spread like a flu. A flu patient CAN be treated and recover when giving anti-flu medicines; a COVID-19 patient has NO KNOWN CURE and can only rely on their self immune system to fight off the virus.

As a highly inclusive community, we are responsible to protect each and every community member, which include the ones who are elderly, fragile, or the ones who suffer from chronic diseases, cancer, immune system diseases, and other form of disabilities. The lives of these people should not be down-played and we should not risk their lives since they have a higher chance catching COVID-19 and develop critical situations that require hospitalization.

Sign this petition and stand with all the lives that are potentially at risk. Let us protect ourselves and the residents of New Hanover County, North Carolina by doing the right thing before it's too late.

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